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>> and now, "bbc world news." >> an election victory rally by canada's separatist party in quebec was broken up by a gunman. one man dead and another wounded after a gunman opened fire. it's not clear what his motive was. hello and welcome. i am george alagiah with a world of news and opinion. the elderly in greeece are being forced to stay agile to cope as they pay the price for their national economic crisis. -- greece. we look at those being pushed
into properoverty. and some controversial clause from the world's richest woman. it's midday in london, 7:00 in the evening in beijing, 7:00 in the morning in montreal. a masked gunman opened fire during a victory rally for quebec's new president, killing one person. pauline marois was taken from the stage by her security team. it's not clear what the gunman's motives were. if he was politically motivated, it would add an ugly dimension. >> pauline marois acknowledges the cheers of her supporters at the rally before the shooting took place at the back. the new premier was whisked off the stage by her security guards. it seems many in the crowd are not aware of what had happened.
>> there's police activity just outside. >> they've got somebody detained. >> outside, police and captured a masked gunman identifying and later as a 50-year-old man. they have not identified as weapons, but footage shows a rifle and pistol at the scene. one person was pronounced dead and a second person wounded. the suspect started a fire at the back of the building. they have no reason to believe anyone else was involved. after the suspect and -- as the suspect was being taken away, he was heard shouting in french "the english are waking up". some now say the potential for revival of tensions between french and english speakers in quebec. >> it does not reflect the true feelings of anglos. a lot of people are afraid now there's going to be an uprising from the fringe extremists in
the province saying that anglos want to kill the french. i am forecasting there will be a lot of anger towards anglos in the province, which will not help. >> pauline marois return to the stage after this and asked her supporters to lead. in her speech, the new premier said that she wants to work together with other parties. bbc news reporting. >> let's take a look at some other stories making headlines around the world. state television in mauritania says the former libyan intelligence chief under colonel gaddafi abdullah al-senussi has been handed over to the libyan authorities. he was arrested six months ago mauritania.n
theais wanted by international criminal court to face charges including terrorism and crimes against humanity, as well. he may not be a regular joe, but barack obama is a man who is in touch with ordinary americans according to his wife. michelle obama made an impassioned speech backing her husband for a second term as u.s. president. he's up against mitt romney in november. there at the democratic convention in north carolina. >> she is the most popular obama. in obama she is offering a character nd.erence for her husba an kemiyah seen firsthand that the president does not change to you are. it reveals who you are.
barack knows the american dream because he has lived it. the [cheers and applause] he wants everyone in this country to have the same opportunity no matter who we are or where we are from or what we look like or who we love. >> she recalled their hard-up but happy early years. he has known hard times just like you. >> i can honestly say that when it comes to his character and his conviction and his heart, barack obama is still the same man i fell in love with all those years ago. for barack, success is not about how much money you make. it's about the difference you make in people's lives. [cheers and applause] >> the loved it and he was walking back at the white house with the couple's daughters.
earlier, democrats heard from a man some believe could be the hispanic obama. 37-yr-old mayor of san antonio julian castro. he poured into the president's opponent. -- tore into. >> governor romney has undergone an extreme makeover and it's not pretty. here's what we are going to say to mitt romney in november. if we are going to set, no! >> the democratic message for the american people is that barack obama represents them in a way that mitt romney never can, because of the life he has led and struggles he has faced. that's is a theme that will be developed by bill clinton when he speaks. >> hillary clinton has told chinese leaders it is in everyone's interest to agree on
conduct on managing territorial disputes in the south china sea. several countries claim sovereignty to the same islands and the adjacent waters. the egyptian president has held a meeting of the arab league and said time has come for immediate change in syria. he says bashar al-assad must learn from recent history and step down before it is too late. he would like to have a court comprised of several countries to deal with the issues in syria. there is a memorial to mark the andage-taking in the 1970's during the munich olympics where some israeli athletes were killed.
now, whether greece an deserves the next package of bailout money. the ax is likely to fall hardest on pensions. our correspondent reports on the impact of austerity. >> keeping agile to confront the challenges ahead, for years they have put aside money for comfortable old age. but with plans for another cut the pensions to raise 4.5 billion euros, the elderly are being stretched beyond their means. coffee time used to be a chance to relax. now all the talk is of financial concerns. >> i am in despair. this cannot go on. my children have no work and no home. my pension is cut. i dreamt of a different life. >> what can i say. if they lower my pension even
more, i might be left with just 100 euros per month to live. why should we suffer? us. must telhelp >> pensioners will feel more pain in the next round of cuts. few greeks will be in scared. public-sector salaries, health care, state administration, and other programs will affect the old and young. demand at this foster care home doubled last year with parents no longer able to support their children. victoria was forced to give up her daughter with the financial crisis deepening. she comes once a week to see her. a moment together. >> it's hard not to have my daughter alongside me. when i say goodbye to her each week i cried. i am living home alone.
there's no other way. >> the children come here for different reasons, looked after by surrogate mothers. the fear is that as austerity hits harder, numbers will rise. >> there's a dramatic change which started due to the financial crisis in the past few years. sometimes it makes me feel desperate and angry seeing children that have to live -- leave their families because their parents cannot feed them. this is something i would not expect to see. >> in the suburbs, the daily food run takes place for the elderly knono longer able to afford the basics. trapped by the crisis, desperately seeking some way out. bbc news, athens. >> the new international envoy to syria has described the death toll in the country as
staggering and the destruction as catastrophic. more than 100,000 people fled syria in august. according to the united nations. it's the highest monthly figure since the county began in march of last year. some of you may find the images in this report distressing. >> they have been forced from their homes. sheltering in crowded camps like this one in jordan. buses arrive with more refugees. some need medical help. others are just glad to have escaped the crisis in their homeland. this injured man says syrian forces are targeting children and old people. houses are being destroyed. they are raping women, killing people with knives, they are targeting everyone. that's what he says. the new u.n. envoy to syria made his feelings clear in his first address to the un general assembly. >> the death toll is staggering.
the destruction is reaching catastrophic proportions. and the suffering of the people is immense. >> according to the u.n. high commission for refugees, the number of people fleeing the conflict has risen dramatically. over 100,000 people asked for asylum in august alone. that brings the total number of their treaties putting syria to more than 235,000. neighboring countries like jordan say about 20,000 people are spilling over their border per day. that puts huge pressure on resources. the crisis prompted this meeting between the head of the international committee of the red cross and president assad. in an exclusive interview with the bbc, he outlined his goal. >> over the past weeks and months, the crisis is creating new needs. i have come now to syria to strengthen our cooperation with
syria, to expand our operations. >> these children are the latest victims of the 18-month violence. there were injured in a mortar attack in siri's largest city of aleppo. without a political solution, there will be more violence and innocent civilians will pay the price. bbc news reporting >. >> still to come. computer crimes are causing tens of billions of pounds in damage. senior business leaders should maybe take cyber attacks more seriously. we will find out. 1000 people are homeless in the brazilian city of sao paulo after a fire swept through the slums destroying hundreds of houses. now this report from brazil. >> firefighters say that the
fire may have started in a garbage dump. with strong winds, low humidity, the flames quickly spread to nearly 300 houses. slumdwellers tried to helpghtery they could. but their buckets were too tiny for the disaster. >> i will try to help my mother, but the wind was blowing. >> those who had time managed to salvage some of their belongings. but many others lost everything they owned. >> it's very difficult losing our furniture and the house that we built. >> most people in the slums have very little to call their own. now many of them have nothing at all. bbc news, brazil. >> there's been a third night of violence in belfast in northern ireland where police were pelted with stones, bottles, and fireworks. the disturbance follows a dispute about parades.
officials say more than 60 police officers have been injured since the trouble began last weekend. an elderly man has died in greece from would help officials believe was the first case of dundee fever in the country in more than 18 years. it was wiped out in the country after an epidemic in the late 1920's. but it has resurfaced in europe. the man, in his 80's, died at the end of august. a campaign has begun to crack down and extradite fugitives got to be living among the british expatriate communities in cyprus. nine people are being targeted. it is a joint operation between the two countries. this is gmt from bbc world news. i'm george alagiah. headlines. one person has been killed and another seriously wounded after
a gunman opened fire at the canadian victory'rally corbetts new premier. representatives of the increased international lenders arriving in athens to discuss whether the country deserves the next installment of its bailout money. let's catch up on some business news with aaron. let's talk about nokia. it is a company in trouble. used to be a big giant of the mobilehone industry. it is make or break time. >> this is their last chance. i cannot tell you house dress, how much is riding on the launch of its new handsets will be out in a few hours time in new york. the company has always lagged behind apple and samsung. five years ago if you wanted to buy a nokia share it would have cost $40. now it's $2.29.
five years ago it held more than 50% of the global market share of mobile phones. today it's less than 10%. it teamed up with microsoft for this new launch. it's what is inside that's important. it will be the first telephone launched with the windows 8 operating system with all the technology that is supposed to come with. it's not an important for nokia bought microsoft, because microsoft has to prove to everybody that it can keep up. very important for microsoft. willere's a lot of good for microsoft right now. people are hoping the windows 8 operating system will not their socks off. they're not going to get a second chance to make a first impression. the stakes are pretty high for microsoft as well. >> of about the consequences for tokyo if consumers don't love the handset, it could mean the breakup of the company or the
sell-off of the. entire the >> i have a business riddle. what is it that switzerland does so well but the rest of the world does not do quite so well? i'm talking about competitiveness. >> according to the, world economic the biggest is competitiveness -- according to the world economic forum, it is competitiveness. if the function of the jobs market, the financial markets, the goods market, and innovation. it is the world's most competitive country because it ve veryl of the of but abo well. it gets the goods to the market and has great infrastructure and grade education. that's why singapore is number one. -- that is why sweden is number one and singapore is in second
place. the united states used to always be a number one. now it is in the no. 7 position. what has gone wrong with the united states? >> the u.s. was #15 years ago and has been falling little by little in the rankings. -- was number one about five years ago. it continues to be the world's innovation are house and we don't see that changing any time in the near future. on the other hand, there are burgeoning weaknesses we have seen growing over time, in particular the well talked about macroeconomics imbalances which our government spending that has gotten out of hand, financial market concerns, and what has happened is this has all built up to make really? the business community very concerned about the ability of politicians to do the right thing for the country going forward. >> and switzerland also makes great chocolates. that's got to help.
>> thanks very much. the world's richest woman has made a rare public appearance to take a swipe at her own country, accusing australia of being too expensive for business to operate. a mining magnate who earns about $2 billion an hour said that australia should look to africa where they pay people to dollars a day. duncan kennedy has this report. >> good evening ipo members and friends, i'm sorry i could not be with you this evening. >> she is said to be worth $30 billion. it all comes from australia's mining boom, but that is now weakening as chinese demand waivers. she's decided to use a rare public appearance of the blame australia's high costs for the slowdown. >> we must get realistic not just to get rid of class warfare. if we competed at the olympic
games as sluggishly as we compete economically, there would be an outcry. >> last week reinhardt wrote an article saying australians would be richer if if they smoked and drank less. now she says the country should look to africa and make itself more competitive. >> africans want to work. its workers are willing to work for less than $2 a day. such statistics make me work for this country's future. >> the idea that australians should be paid on par with africans was pressed aside by the labor prime minister. >> it's not the australian way to cause people to dollars and then ask them to work for a day. we support proper australian wages and basic living conditions for australian people. it's probably fair to say most australians are either in awe or are appalled by ryan hart. she's been involved in a bitter
dispute with her own children over control of the family fortune. now she's turned her attention to the nation's wealth. it's what makes are so fascinating and so controversial. it's not the first time she and the government have clashed. the government wants a redistribution of mining profits. she wants a reinforcing of mining interests. duncan kennedy, bbc news in sydney. >> he said the comments were controversial and there's been a strong reaction on our facebook to what she said. many of you are clearly angry about comments. many of you suggested that she try working or living on $2 per day. romeo says for a lady who inherited her well, maybe it would maker realize how hard it really is. and then tiffany in australia says that she is embarrassed by
the remarks and wants to stress that she's not a typical perfection of australian values. roger and daniel saying that while they hate the idea, many communities would be a lot worse off if it were not for cheap labor. i'm not sure what the logic is right there, but those are the comments. britain post-intelligencer community is warning senior business leaders to take the threat of cyber attacks more seriously. it is estimated that computer hacking is causing up to tens of billions of pounds of damages as well as undermining confidence in online services. our security correspondent is joining me now in the studio. i mentioned the scale, billions of dollars and possibly tens of billions of dollars. >> we are not really talking about attacking a web site and bring it down. we are talking about the stuff of internati -- of
intellectual property. they have been working on a drug that they have spent five years on and invested $1.5 billion into it. an employee opened an e-mail link attachment and the secrets of that drug development were stolen and a rival bill to a cheaper version and put it on the market ahead of them. it undercuts all the work they had done. that's the kind of cyber crime that is really worrying people. the intellectual property. >> it was a rival company in that case. are they and the culprits? >> in some cases. it's not always easy to establish who the culprits are. you can disguise who you are quite easily. in some cases it might be other countries. in some cases it might be business interests. if in some cases it might be criminal syndicates. often they merged and it's hard to tell them apart. >> what are the business leaders
able to do? >> the message today is to take this seriously at the level achieved the executive and the boards of companies. don't think this is something you can pass off to the information technology people. the message is to take this seriously at the highest level and instill a security- conscious culture in your organization from the top down? so everyone understands these things, and procedures in place. if you do that, you can stop some of the attacks and then work more closely with each other if and with government and then tried to deal with the high end attacks. >> the call for training staff members. >> training, new procedures, being careful what you click on, where you take devices out, networking, and the dangers. it is instilling a culture and attitude about security. >> thanks very much. a reminder of our top stories. a deadly shooting has interrupted a victory rally in montreal.
the new premier of quebec was addressing her supporters when a gunman opened fire. stay with us on bbc world news. >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding for this presentation was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, newman's own foundation, and union bank. >> at union bank, our relationship managers work hard to understand the industry you operate in, working to nurture new ventures and help provide capital for key strategic decisions.